Cassie J. Sneider
1. Who are you!? What zine/project/form of creative genius are you responsible for?
My name is Cassie J. Sneider. I make zines and wrote a book called Fine Fine Music. I also host a monthly reading series in Brooklyn and San Francisco called THE WORST!, which is writers, musicians, and other weirdos telling stories about horrible jobs, bad dates, and other laughable nightmares.
2. How does feminism relate to your work?
You have to be pretty tough to make it as just "an artist," and I realized early on that there wasn't going to be anyone paving my way for me. I have been fortunate enough to meet a lot of other writers who gave me a chance by giving me readings and letting me tour with them. It's really easy for women and queer writers to not realize their own worth because they are constantly being Gravitronned to the sidelines in a system that doesn't work for everyone. By running my own reading series and small press, I am able to give other writers a shot at showcasing their work.
3. Who are your feminist role models?
Michelle Tea and Dorothy Allison are incredible bad-asses who macheted through a lot of uncharted territory for women writers.
4. Who or what has influenced your work, and in what ways?
When I was in junior high, I took "Dave Barry Turns 40" out of the library about 20,000 times. Something about his neatly wrapped-up tales of white upper-middle class suburban fatherhood really did it for me.
5. Answer a question you've always wanted to be asked.
"No, you can't touch my tattoos, Person I Don't Know in the Grocery Store, but thank you for asking instead of leaning over and touching me."